Ethiopians blast Ethiopian Airlines management for not suspending flight to china

Ethiopian Airlines management said it is applying WHO and International Air Transport Association Standard.Death Toll in China reached 425.Confirmed cases are over 20,000.Four new Coronavirus suspected cases quarantined in Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam. Photo credit : CGTN

borkena
February 3, 2020

Ethiopia Airlines has not suspended a flight to China despite the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.

The airline management said that it is adhering to the World Health Organization and the International Association of Air Transportation to continue the flight to China.

The management is still standing by its decision not to suspend flights to China, one of the vast markets for Ethiopian Airlines with five destinations and many trips every week. But a growing number of Ethiopians are taking to social media to vent their anger over the airlines’ decision.

Yet, there are still some Ethiopians who tend to see the management’s decision as one that is right.

Zemedeneh Nigatu is a prominent Ethiopian-American, as he describes himself, businessmen with tens of thousands of followers on Twitter. He is the Global Chairman, Fairfax Africa Fund (U.S.). He says he agrees with the decision of Ethiopian Airlines and Emirates to continue flying China.

Some tend to see Ethiopian Airline’s decision as”manslaughter.”

Yared Haile-Meskel who runs his consultancy firm in Addis Ababa Tweeted:

“Not only a mistake ,it could be regarded as a corporate manslaughter, a law when CEO’s duty of care for employees & public fail below what is expected. Ethiopia has no test lab, no gasmasks, no quarantine hospital, no medicine. At least the Et should have established a test lab.”

China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported on Monday February 3, 2020 that the death toll from the Virus in China reached 425. Confirmed cases is the country is 20,471.

On Monday, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported that four new CoronaVirus suspects are identified in Ethiopia and quarantined in Ethiopia. Three of them are Ethiopians, while the other person is Chinese.

Three of the suspects are in the capital Addis Ababa, and one is in Aksum, northern Ethiopia.

Blood samples from the suspects are sent to South Africa for an examination.

Before January 30, there were four other cases of suspects but test results showed negative.



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9 Responses to "Ethiopians blast Ethiopian Airlines management for not suspending flight to china"

  1. Teggne Taye   February 4, 2020 at 7:19 am

    I am sorry, this is purposely to import the deadly virus to Ethiopia. We are wellknown by Air transport but we are poor in health care and economically, you know crowded and poor transportation services in the main city . By average 1corona virus sick person can transimit to 70 peoples in our transportation in i one menitue in city bus. You how is our community income and life inflation right now. Why still did not stop fly to China?

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  2. Melaku   February 4, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Everyone,…stay out of this issue. Let the professionals handle it.

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    • Abel   February 5, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Greed at its Best. ET and its management will be held responcible for whatever happens to Ethiopians [now or during whatever regime comes after Dr. Abiy]. I would hate to say i told you so when the west starts blocking flights to Ethiopia. Emirates is going to suspend most flights soon. It is in the best interest of China and Ethiopia to suspend the flights. WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ACTION BY CHINA IF THE SITUATION WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND? Containment is the best solution now. I wish all the best for china and affected countries in trying to contain this epidemic.

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      • Melaku Teshome   February 6, 2020 at 12:52 pm

        Abel…I wouldn’t call it Greed. It is hard to understand why one would do harm to its citizens, what will be the motivation? Here the company is following all the proper procedures to insure the virus is not transmitted. Moreover in this and similar situations, leadership has to assess the cost and benefits too. Just because many are panicking, EAL should not follow suit. Sometimes, it is hard and lonely and demands firmness to stand alone. Don’t panic…China will address it sooner than we think…for their own benefit.

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        • abel   February 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm

          Melaku,

          I hope you are right. I am just worried they haven’t gone through the pros and the cons in detail. I know EAL is concerned about loosing a valuable partner once the dust settles and that is understandable. In any developed country that would be the most acceptable path to take as they can handle the outcome. Unfortunately, Ethiopia doesn’t have that luxury. If you have seen the local news recently, we are claiming to be well prepared for any scenario by stating that a handful of Ambulances (2 if i am not mistaken) and a few care fascillities are ready. This is actually what is making me think suspending flights is the better option. I sincerely wish to be proven wrong and i will be happy with that.

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      • Abel   March 26, 2020 at 2:40 pm

        Well China is closing down its border incase anyone is still wondering what their responce would be. At this point, saying “i told you so” would be an overkill. I hope we kept the airline open for our own benefit. That i can live with. If it was due to chinese pressure on our leadership, then shame …

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  3. Asfiw   February 5, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Dr. Teodros Gebreyesus of the World Health Organization (WHO) have said banning flights from flying to China is an improper reaction to the minor Coronavirus issue.

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  4. Saba   February 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES IS UNDER STRICT ORDER FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PM NOT TO CANCEL FLIGHTS.

    CANCELING FLIGHTS TO CHINA IS DONE ONLY IF THE PM IS CONVINCED FIRST . OTHERWISE THE CHINESE INVESTORS ARE EXPECTED TO BUY LANDS FOR THEIR HOMES IN ETHIOPIA USING THE NEW LAW ETHIOPIA PASSED FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS , THAT WAY THEY BRING FOREIGN CURRENCY TO THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT SO FLIGHT ISN’T CANCELED.MANY CHINESE INVESTORS ARE USING THIS TIME TO SCOUT LANDS FOR THEIR RESIDENCES IN ETHIOPIA TO SETTLE IN ETHIOPIA UNTIL CHINA IS FREE FROM CORONAVIRUS.

    Due to the current economic reform made by PM Abiy’s administration, Ethiopia is rated the best place to live as investor for foreigners in the world .

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  5. tekle eka   February 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    I mean I don’t understand philosophy of Ethiopian airlines. Dear Tewolde, do you mean poor soul have no dollar value!?, before deciding to continue flight to China, you should have made quarantines, sufficient labs for our poor lives. Don’t you think that the airlines will be held responsible for importing the virus from China and for every ethiopian life lost due to the virus you imported intentionally. Beware!!. Mind you Australia has an Island to quarantine people with the virus. Thank you.

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